|Short Hand - Horses in the Chest - Short Hand|
Peter Davis's Short Hand is back for a fourth LP. Horses in the Chest is a decidedly even set of tracks that feels like a return to roots for both artist and listener. Short Hand hones his considerable skill for quirky instrumentation and noodling with a quiet acumen here. The album sounds dusty, sometimes old-timey, sometimes clearly planted in modern indie America--some of the songs like spirituals, some like angular contemporary paintings, all of them somehow familiar.
Keywords: freak folk; new weird America; indiana; alternative country; singer/songwriter
Average rating: (2 reviews)
|Instead of Gun Shopping - Wystan Whitman|
These are bedroom recordings, bare acoustic guitar and voice. These are bedroom recordings, yet the performance is perfectly tensed, vast, arresting. Beside what’s immediately audible you can also hear a rapt audience filling a room. As a whole, the album feels wintry and faintly smoky, like Wystan Whitman is filling you in on current events while he stirs a slowly cooking stew. This one leaves plenty for leftovers and re-listens.
Keywords: freak folk, lo fi, indie folk, singer-songwriter, Western Sahara, Serbia, infinite lute, acoustic, spoken word
|Short Hand - Attila - Short Hand|
Attila is a half an hour of folk-rock charged with delta wonk. Short Hand plays like a wild man on these twelve tracks. The instrumentation is raw, most striking his voice, which he wields like a voodoo stick to fling swamp mud at a rock 'n' roll sky. Thematically, the song cycle is just as solid and forceful, taking up subjects like self-assurance and existential fearlessness and evoking giants of history like Attila the Hun and Muhammad Ali that reverberate even through the "softer" songs.
Keywords: folk-punk; folk-blues; singer-songwriter; freak folk; new weird America